MUMBAI: Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade has secured a monthly scholarship for five years from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), a day after he became the first batsman in the world to make a four-figure innings.
“Hon ble President Shri Sharad Pawar, on behalf of the Mumbai Cricket Association, has announced a scholarship of Rs 10,000 per month to Mr Pranav Dhanawade for scoring a World Record 1009 runs in a single innings,” said MCA in a media release.
“The said scholarship will be paid for a period of 5 years commencing from January 2016 to December 2021. The Association will monitor the cricketing and educational activities of Pranav Dhanawade for the said period,” the release added.
The son of an autorickshaw driver, Pranav Dhanawade,15, made a world record of scoring the first-ever individual 1000 in any class of cricket on Tuesday at the Union Cricket Academy ground in Kalyan.
Representing Smt. KC Gandhi School from the Mumbai suburb of Kalyan in the HT Bhandari Cup, Dhanawade achieved the impossible and made the world record.
The two-day inter-school tournament is organized by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). Dhanawade’s performance came against another school from Kalyan, Arya Gurukul School.
Dhanawade, the opening batsman for his school, posted an unbeaten 652 runs off 199 balls on Monday, with 78 fours and 30 sixes to his name. On Tuesday, he reached the four-figure mark in around 320 balls, before his side declared with a team score of 1465/3. Dhanawade was unbeaten on 921 when lunch was taken.
“My highest score this season was 80 which I scored against Thane’s Sri Ma Vidyalaya in my last match so I just wanted to cross the three-figure mark. I was not thinking about any record. As the toe-end of my bat had a crack, I tried to middle the ball and hit it towards the boundary,” Dhanawade was cited Indian Newspaper Mid-Day.
“I was tired and lost concentration on a few occasions. After my second chance, I changed my bat. My teammates gave me glucose water and urged me to carry on,” Dhanawade told Mid-Day.